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William S. Burroughs

Burroughs was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter, and spoken-word performer whose two dozen books controversially blend homosexuality, science fiction, drug use, and underworld depravity. Much of his work is semi-autobiographical, drawn from his experiences as a long-time opiate addict. A primary member of the Beat Generation, he was an avant-garde writer whose style and ideas influenced popular culture as well as literature. Who did Burroughs accidentally kill in 1951? More...
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It looks like they (he and his shot wife) had the same chance of survival in the game. Because of shared passion for certain substances.

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William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs at the Gotham Book Mart.jpg
Burroughs in 1977
Born William Seward Burroughs II
February 5, 1914
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died August 2, 1997 (aged 83)
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Pen name William Lee
Occupation Author
Alma mater Harvard University
Genre Beat literature, paranoid fiction
Literary movement Beat Generation, postmodernism
Notable works Naked Lunch (1959), Junkie (1953)
Spouse Ilse von Klapper (1937–1946)
Joan Vollmer (1946–1951)
Children William S. Burroughs, Jr.
Relatives William Seward Burroughs I, grandfather
Ivy Lee, maternal uncle

William Seward Burroughs II (/ˈbʌroʊz/; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name William Lee.

He was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence, but did not begin publicizing his writing until his thirties. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. In 1942 Burroughs enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during World War II, but was turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and Navy, after which he picked up the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs. In 1943, while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and out of their mutual influence grew the foundation of the Beat Generation, which was later a defining influence on the 1960s counterculture.

Much of Burroughs's work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris and Tangier in Morocco, as well as from his travels in the South American Amazon. Burroughs accidentally killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951 in Mexico City with a pistol during a drunk

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One of his tomes gave its name to a very decent jazz rock band who appeared at the proms.

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I guess he threw a wrench in anti-drug culture: the man lived to his eighties, shooting heroin all the way.
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Joan Vollmer

Joan Vollmer (February 4, 1923 – September 6, 1951)[2] was the most prominent female member of the early Beat Generation circle. While a student at Barnard College, she became the roommate of Edie Parker (later married to Jack Kerouac). Their apartment became a gathering place for the Beats during the 1940s, where Vollmer was often at the center of marathon, all night discussions. In 1946, she began a relationship with William S. Burroughs, later becoming his common-law wife. In 1951, Burroughs killed Vollmer by shooting her in the head in what was apparently a drunken attempt at playing William Tell.
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